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Language classification : history and method

Author: Lyle Campbell; William John Poser
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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"How are relationships established between the world's languages? This is one of the most topical and most controversial questions in contemporary linguistics. The central aims of the book are to answer this question, to cut through the controversies, and to contribute to research in distant genetic relationships. In doing this the authors aim to: (1) show how the methods have been employed; (2) reveal which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Classification
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lyle Campbell; William John Poser
ISBN: 9780521880053 052188005X
OCLC Number: 182963187
Description: ix, 536 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: how are languages shown to be related to one another? --
The beginning of comparative linguistics --
"Asiatic Jones, oriental Jones": Sir William Jones' role in the raise of comparative linguistics --
Consolidation of comparative linguistics --
How some languages were shown to belong to indo-European --
Comparative linguistics of other language families and regions --
How to show languages are related: the methods --
The philosophical-psychological-typological-evolutionary approach to language relationships --
Assessment of proposed distant generic relationships --
Beyond the comparative method? --
Why and how do languages diversify and spread? --
What can we learn about the earliest human language by comparing languages known today? --
Conclusions: Anticipating the future --
Appendix: Hypothesized distant genetic relationships.
Responsibility: Lyle Campbell and William J. Poser.
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